TracksArtists of all ages are inspired and motivated by the immediacy and power of communicating with a live audience. At SSPA, every student will enjoy a culminating live performance project regardless of the number of weeks enrolled. The Summer School for the Performing Arts offers three focus areas of study:
Students who are enrolled in either of the three week-long sessions will be cast in one of the two main-stage productions. SSPA’s 2013 Summer Season: West Side Story by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim on July 12th & 13th and Parade byAlfred Uhry by Jason Robert Brown (recommended for students age 12 and older) on August 2nd & 3rd.
Dramatic Acting (Grades 3 - 10)
Students registered for a three week session will be cast in a full length or one act play that will be performed in the studio theater. Students will explore theater through improvisational games, character building exercises and scene production. Students will be introduced to both comedic and dramatic genres through a workshop process including reading, writing and acting for the stage.
Technical Theater (Grades 6-10)
Students will explore and exercise the element of technical theater in this open “hands on” track. Stage management and the design and implementation of set, light and sound will be the chief areas of concentration.
Shakespeare in the Park (Grades 11 - 12)
Students will be cast in one of Shakespeare’s most popular works that will be performed as “Shakespeare on the Park.” Students will explore Shakespeare’s language and themes, as well as learn the basic tools for text work in dealing with both meter and rhetorical structures.